SWAT Team/Crisis Negotiators Respond to Assist with an Uncooperative Wanted Suspect
Spokane Valley Deputies and Spokane Valley SWAT Team responded to the report of a possible Domestic Violence Order of Protection Violation (DVOPV) at an apartment near E. Sprague Avenue and S. Conklin Road. Deputies also learned the suspect had active warrants for his arrest. The occupants of the apartment were uncooperative, and a standoff ensued for several hours. With a valid search warrant, the SWAT Team breached the apartment, the suspect was arrested, and an adult female was detained and later arrested. No one was injured during this incident.
On September 13, 2022, at approximately 9:20 am, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the report of a Domestic Violence Order of Protection Violation (DVOPV). The caller stated that 40-year-old Shawn J. Nason, a 7-time convicted felon in Washington, was violating a Domestic Violence Order of Protection and was inside the apartment with a female believed to be the Petitioner (protected person).
Deputies learned Nason had two confirmed warrants, Burglary and Assault 4th DV, for his arrest but could not confirm the Order of Protection had been served.
When Deputies arrived, the people inside the apartment were not cooperative and would not respond to Deputies. Due to this situation, coupled with the witness’ statements, knowledge Nason has been armed in the past, and his violent criminal history (convictions: Robbery, Assault 1st), the SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiators were requested.
Deputies continually provided loud announcements identifying themselves and advising the people inside the apartment to comply.
The SWAT Team, Crisis Negotiators, and Spokane Valley Fire Rescue Task Force members arrived, took over the scene, and continued the announcements. Deputies requested and received a signed search warrant for the location.
Negotiators continued efforts to de-escalate this intense situation while announcements continued.
At approximately 2:10 pm, SWAT Team members breached the apartment, and Nason was taken into custody, successfully and peacefully ending this hours-long standoff. An adult female, later identified as 38-year-old Michelle L. Reynolds, also located inside the apartment, was detained.
A K9, an EDU robot, and an Air Support Unit Unmanned Arial Vehicle were all utilized during this incident.
Nason will be transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for a new charge of Obstructing and his warrants (Burglary and Assault 4th DV). The Domestic Violence Order of Protection was served to ensure its future validity. Nason will also be charged as a Fugitive due to a North Dakota probation violation warrant, pending extradition.
Reynold was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Rendering Criminal Assistance 2nd, a felony.
This remains an active investigation, and additional charges are possible.